MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac High School wrestling team wrapped up another successful season with a league championship and nine wrestlers earning post-season honors.
“As a first year coach, to have nine All-League wrestlers, three All-Section, and one All-State, and to be league champs… to do all that means so much,” said Indians coach Steve Tornambe. “It was a learning experience for me, and I think we have one of the best coaching staffs in the section. I can’t wait for next year.”
All four team captains earned post-season honors. Sophomore Angelo Centrone (who finished seventh at states) earned All-State recognition for the second consecutive year and finished the season 43-4. Senior Tyler Roa (39-6) earned his second All-Section nod, senior Larry Nardecchia (32-9) was named All-League, and senior Londrim Hasanramaj (25-10) earned All-League Honorable Mentions.
Junior Brock Fitzpatrick was named All-Section, juniors Aiden Muldoon and Ryan Kick were both named All-League, and senior Xander Smith earned All-League honors. Junior James Russo was named All-League Honorable Mentions.
“Our captains were all terrific,” Tornambe said. “Angelo [Centrone] led by example. I think he’s very happy with his season. He had an amazing season, and with two more years, I think his mindset is where it needs to be—on the future. I think anything short of the state finals would be a surprise to me next season. He has the talent and the mindset to be a state champ.
“Larry [Nardecchia] had a great season,” the coach added. “He was great as a captain, and on the mat. And the same with Tyler [Roa]—he kind of ran the team. He had a great senior season. Larry and Angelo were the only two wrestlers on the team not to be pinned all season. Londrim [Hasanramaj] was always was there to pick the guys up. I think he was disappointed his season go didn’t go better, but he’s a great team leader.”
Of Fitzpatrick, Muldoon, Kick, Smith and Russo, and the future, the coach said: “It was a great season for all of them. And we have 13 wrestlers returning with winning records.
“We have a lot of young talent returning with bright futures,” Tornambe added. “Brock [Fitzpatrick] has great potential, and we have other freshmen and sophomores who are promising. We’re hoping to find some heavyweights, trying to recruit some new kids. But our modified program did well, and we have a good JV. We also have a great peewee program, and numbers are there. We’re really looking forward to next season.”